May 20, 2020

Four Buckeyes Earn All-Big Ten Acclaim

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Even in a shortened season, Ohio State men’s tennis is still atop the Big Ten as a league-high four Buckeyes were named to the 2019-20 All-Big Ten Team on Wednesday. Voting for the team was conducted by the league’s head coaches.

John McNally, Kyle Seelig and Cannon Kingsley were all named to the first team while James Trotter garnered his first All-Big Ten award, landing on the second team.

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For McNally, he becomes the 16th Buckeye to earn All-Big Ten honors three times. He was a unanimous first team selection this year. The Cincinnati, Ohio native was both a singles and doubles All-American this season, going 19-6 in singles and 23-5 in doubles. He reached a career-high at No. 7 in the singles rankings and was in the top-3 all season in doubles, including two weeks at No. 1. He became just the second Buckeye to win both the singles and doubles titles at the ITA Midwest Regional when he swept that tournament in the fall.

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Seelig earns first team honors for the second consecutive season. He was 19-6 on the year in singles and 12-2 in doubles. He had five wins over ranked opponents and didn’t lose to a Big Ten foe other than McNally in the finals of the Midwest Regional. His wins over Big Ten opponents included No. 15 Alex Brown (Illinois) and No. 24 Athell Bennett (Purdue), both fellow first teamers. The Hatfield, Pa., native was also undefeated in dual doubles matches this spring at 10-0.

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The awards continue to roll in for Kingsley as in addition to his unanimous first team selection, he was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He picked up regional Rookie of the Year honors earlier in the week and is the fifth Buckeye in the last six years to claim both awards. Kinglsey won the consolation bracket at the All-American Championship in his first collegiate event and finished the year with a team-high nine wins over ranked opponents. He was ranked as high as No. 12 in the singles rankings and earned singles All-America honors in his first season.

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Trotter had great sophomore campaign. He rose to a career-high 40 in the singles rankings and tied for the team lead with 19 victories. He too became just the second Buckeye to win both the singles and doubles titles at the Big Ten Singles & Doubles Championship in the fall. Against Big Ten opponents this year, he was 8-1 in both singles and doubles. Trotter earned the nickname “Big Game James” as he provided a pair of huge, match-clinching points over top-10 teams in less than a week. He won a three-set match over No. 65 Stefan Dostanic in the Buckeyes’ win over No. 1 Southern Cal. Six days later, he claimed a second, hard-fought three-set victory to provide the winning point in a 4-3 win over No. 6 Wake Forest to send the Buckeyes to the semifinals of the ITA Indoor National Team Championships.

These four All-Big Ten selections raise Ty Tucker’s total to 70 selections in his 21 seasons at the helm. Overall, the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with 93 first team honorees since the conference began recognizing the award in 1972.

2019-20 MEN’S TENNIS ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

FIRST TEAM
Aleks Kovacevic, Illinois
ALEX BROWN, ILLINOIS
Bennett Crane, Indiana
Kareem Allaf, Iowa
Ondrej Styler, Michigan
ANDREW FENTY, MICHIGAN
Stefan Milicevic, Minnesota
Dominik Stary, Northwestern
JOHN MCNALLY, OHIO STATE
Kyle Seelig, Ohio State
CANNON KINGSLEY, OHIO STATE
ATHELL BENNETT, PURDUE

SECOND TEAM
Siphosothando Montsi, Illinois
Will Davies, Iowa
Mattias Siimar, Michigan
Steven Forman, Northwestern
James Trotter, Ohio State
Christian Lakoseljac, Penn State

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Andrew Fenty, Michigan

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Cannon Kingsley, Ohio State

Unanimous selections designated in ALL CAPS

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